Perform a Kamehameha and More in the Science of Dragon Ball Z Exhibit
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
The popular Science of Dragon Ball Z (Dragon Ball de Kagaku) exhibit is returning to Japan for Fuji TV's Spring Fest 2015 LIFE !S LIVE festival. The exhibit first debuted in Nagoya last year, but fan demand brought it back, this time to Tokyo. The fantasy and futuristic elements are made into reality through a series of fun exhibits but admittedly, there's not a ton of science going on.
Examples include Goku's flying nimbus cloud that supposedly could only be mastered by those with a pure heart. In this case, visitors can climb aboard a yellow cloud, put on an electroencephalographic reader to measure their brain's electrical activity and see if they get the nimbus to rise.
Visitors can also throw Bulma's capsules at a screen and watch them transform into objects, shoot some energy blasts with Goku himself, take a picture with Android 18, and...sit on a toilet where Goku speaks to you directly in your mind. There's also another photo opportunity that uses optical illusion artwork to imitate the Karin Tower. Mobile phone users can turn their phones into "Dragon Radar" to find Dragon Balls hidden throughout the exhibit or complete a science quiz. The Capsule Corporation Lab will also be on site to give demonstrations.
You can check out the event at Fuji TV headquarters from April 29 to May 10. Tickets cost 1,650 yen (US$14) for adults and 750 yen (US$6) for kids.
Anime has inspired serious scientific discussions in the past. NTT Docomo Ventures, a venture capital fund, launched a project to help recreate some of the signature technology from Ghost in the Shell like cyborgs, electric brains and thermoptic camouflage: the Ghost in the Shell Realize Project last year.
[Via Rocket News 24]